The summer solstice has officially commenced which means that we are now into the summer season. This can be people’s favorite time and season of the year, but it can also be some people’s least favorite. While some homeowners enjoy laying by the pool during a hot summer day, others are out in their yards pulling up weeds and treating their lawns for crabgrass, nutsedge, and a wide variety of other summer weeds that tend to grow during this time of the year.
As homeowners, we want to get rid of weeds for a plethora of reasons. For starters, weeds disrupt from the aesthetic of well-groomed, lush lawn. They are not visually appealing and take away from other landscaping that has been planted in you yard. Another reason to rid your lawn of weeds as soon as possible is that they will prevent a healthy lawn as they shield the grass from receiving necessary nutrients, sunlight, and moisture. A final reason as to why it is necessary to properly manage weeds is that they tend to spread quickly if left untouched.
Avoiding Crabgrass and Nutsedge
In order to effectively manage and prevent weeds from surfacing in your lawn, you need to determine what kind of weeds you are dealing with. There are a variety of weeds that typically tend to grow during the hot, humid summer climate, versus others that grow annually. Annuals, such as crabgrass, cycle through their life during a 12-month period. They germinate during spring, grow throughout summer, and die off in the colder seasons of fall and into winter. At Four Seasons Landscape Management, we treat lawns with seasonal crabgrass control using our best best available products. In addition we use our Bio Green fertilizer to promote a healthy summer lawn which is one of the best ways to prevent crabgrass in lawns.
Another common type of weed we see during summer is perennials, which grow for two or more years and are typically harder to manage. An example of a perennial is nutsedge and other types of sedge. Nutsedge thrives in hot temperatures and feeds off of the lawns moisture. By the mid to late point of summer, most of your lawn’s weeds should be eliminated from the rounds of fertilizer used. However, there may have been a few survivors, in which we will spot treat any affected area for nutsedge control.
In addition to crabgrass and nutsedge control, we use Bio Green fertilizer- which is much more effective than synthetic granular fertilizers in hot climates. Our fertilizer will not burn the grass, but allow it to continue to flourish even during extreme temperatures and heat.
Ways to Effectively Manage Your Weeds
Effective weed control starts with the right management practices to ensure the healthiest, densest lawn possible. As we mentioned in our previous blog, taking proactive steps to keeping your lawn healthy will prevent future damage control later during summer.
To refresh your memory, some of the best tips to manage your lawn and minimize weeds from growing include:
- Watering the correct frequency and amount
- Fertilizing Before Summer hits but reapplying if needed
- Mowing at the right time and level
- Dethatching When Necessary.